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Cost and risk-effective sourcing from new markets

Neutral, competent, cost-effective

You are planning to import? Fresh fruit and vegetables? Cut flowers? Technical wood? Natural ingredients for foods, pharmaceutics, cosmetics? We have the contacts you need and are at your side throughout the entire sourcing process.

We network you with the right exporters.

Accessing new sources of supply is labour intensive and time consuming. There are plenty of risks and unknowns. You  can reduce your initiation, agreement and control costs with the Import Promotion Desk. Gain certainty and time as we have the contacts, information and communication channels to your new foreign suppliers.

Hand in hand with the German private sector

The IPD is an initiative of the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (Bundesverband Großhandel, Außenhandel, Dienstleistungen e.V.) and sequa gGmbH – the development organisation of German industry. We are funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

IPD UPDATE 2 // 2021

In July 2021, IPD has embarked on its fourth project phase. We will be expanding our offer and taking on board two new partner countries – Morocco and Uzbekistan – in our programme. In addition to this, IPD will be opening regional offices in selected partner countries with immediate effect in order to further expand its work on the ground and, in particular, its cooperation with local export promotion organisations.

Read more about this in our IPD UPDATE.

»At the interface between development cooperation and foreign trade«

Interview with Dr. Julia Bellinghausen – Head of Import Promotion Desk
Dr. Julia Bellinghausen explains why supporting exports is an essential instrument in international development cooperation and outlines the IPD’s strategy for opening up the German and European markets to developing countries.
Read the entire interview

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»With the IPD we are closing a strategic gap at the interface of development cooperation and foreign trade: By eliminating trade barriers and information deficits, we contribute to the improved participation of emerging and developing countries in the global economy, but also support German SMEs in developing new procurement markets.«

Gregor Wolf
Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA)

»It is important for developing countries and emerging nations to integrate into international value chains and thus obtain access to new sales markets. This is where the IPD makes a valuable contribution: it opens the German and European market to producers from these regions.«

Anja Gomm
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

»Organisations such as the IPD are valuable tools for the economy not only in Germany but also in partner countries. The IPD provides German importers with information and connects them with suppliers. Even more important is the fact that the IPD and its partner organisations evaluate the suppliers and the information beforehand and therefore minimize the risk for European importers. For exporters from foreign countries, the IPD is an excellent platform to present their products and to get in contact to potential clients.«

Christian Körting Pacheco
Biomaderas GmbH

"One should think that with today's technical facilities it is easy to find new suppliers and customers in other countries. In reality,  this is a time-consuming and personnel-intensive effort. The IPD offers ideal networking opportunities in a wide range of sectors, facilitating, for instance in the wood sector, the establishment of new and safe commercial relationships with emerging and developing countries."

Nils Olaf Petersen
Gesamtverband Deutscher Holzhandel e.V.

»The import of food as a primary commodity for the processing industry up to the final product plays a vital role when it comes to enabling consumers to choose from a variety of tasty and safe foods. An interface such as the IPD promotes and supports business contacts between importers and exporters and thus creates an ideal platform for mutual trade relationships which are the foundation for a diverse and healthy food supply.«

Dr. Helena Melnikov
Waren-Verein der Hamburger Börse e.V.

»Exporters from emerging markets and developing countries and importers from Europe depend on all types of support from associations, Chambers of Industry and Commerce and other BMOs.The IPD is another useful tool to bring partners from Germany and abroad together.«

Hans Udo Bürk
Biotropic GmbH

»Numerous companies from the German nutrition industry depend on the import of high-quality food products.  Many of these raw materials cannot be grown in Germany at all or only to an insufficient extent. The Import Promotion Desk can play an important role in the establishment of a mutually satisfactory collaboration between food importers from Germany and reliable food exporters from selected commodity markets.«

Olivier Kölsch
Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Ernährungsindustrie e.V.

News

 
Bonn/Berlin // 06.10.2021

WTM 2021: IPD introduces Uzbekistan as a new destination

The tourism promotion initiative supports European tour operators in their search for new partners.

Bonn/Berlin, 05.10.2021 – Over 30 travel suppliers from Ecuador, Nepal, Tunisia and now Uzbekistan will be presented by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at the international tour-ism trade fair "WTM - World Travel Market" taking place from the 1st - 3rd of November in London and from the 8th – 9th of November virtually. All IPD partner companies offer sustainable trips, intended to lead tourists off the beaten track to experience cultural, natural highlights destinations in a new way. The tourism promotion initiative has carefully selected these special and highly individual travel offers, prepared the providers for European market requirements and is now presenting them to international travel marketers – both at the WTM exhibition stand in London and at the virtual WTM meetings.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 05.10.2021

IFTF 2021: Cut flowers from Ecuador and Colombia

Long stems and large flowers: Reliable high quality produce from Ecuador and Colombia
IPD presents South American producers of cut flowers at the “International Floriculture Trade Fair”

Bonn/Berlin, 05.10.2021 – For the first time ever, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will present a variety of cut flowers from its partner countries Ecuador and Colombia live at the "International Floriculture Trade Fair". The cut flower trade fair will take place from the 3rd to the 5th of November in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands. After many weeks and many virtual meetings, an international trade fair located close to Amsterdam, is offering the opportunity to experi-ence cut flowers once again – their colours, shapes and most importantly their fragrance – offering the opportunity to get in touch with exporters directly. The IPD will arrange contact with carefully selected exporters and supports the direct trade from Ecuador and Colombia at the event.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 14.09.2021

Anuga 2021: Variety of natural ingredients

Producers from ten developing countries and emerging nations show the wide range and high quality of processed fruit and vegetables

Bonn/Berlin, 14.09.2021 – A wide variety of processed fruits and vegetables – including freeze-dried bananas, guanabana puree, fruit powder, dried courgettes and peppers as well as jalapeño and chilli peppers – will be presented by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at this year's Anuga. Around 30 IPD companies from developing and emerging countries will be showing their range of natural ingredients at the world's leading trade fair for the food and beverage industry, taking place in Cologne from the 9th  to 13th of October.

Events

Trade fair in Vijfhuizen // 03.11. - 05.11.2021
 
Trade fair in Vijfhuizen // 03.11. - 05.11.2021

International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF)

Due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, the International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF Expo) - the trade fair for cut flowers and pot plants has been postponed. The new date is now 03. - 05.11.2021.

The IPD plans to be represented with an own booth at the fair to present selected cut flower exporters from South America. Their rich offer includes roses, gypsophila or chrysanthemums, cut foliage and rarities like matthiola.

Our partner countries Ecuador and Colombia offer excellent climatic conditions for the cultivation of cut flowers in different varieties and intense colors.

All suppliers have been carefully selected and evaluated by us in advance. We take into account criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as the fulfillment of international standards and certifications.

Detailed information about the IPD cut flower exporter and their offe you find in our brochure below.

For further information please contact us

Andreas Gemählich

www.hppexhibitions.com/iftf

Hybrid trade fair in London // 01.-09-11-2021
 
Hybrid trade fair in London // 01.-09-11-2021

WTM London and WTM London Virtual

Under the motto Reconnect. Rebuild. Innovate., tourism professionals and tour operators from all over the world will meet live at wtm London from 01 - 03.11.2021 and virtually at WTM London Virtual from 08.-09.11.2021.

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be present with a stand at the fair in London and also virtual to present reliable tour operators from Ecuador, Colombia, Tunisia and Uzbekistan.

Unforgettable experiences at the most beautiful places in the world, breathtaking landscapes, cultural encounters - all this is offered by our partners far away from mass and package tourism. In all trips, the focus is on sustainability while meeting the needs of European tourists.

Our tour operators have been carefully screened by IPD before the pandemic and prepared for the requirements of the EU travel market.

Please find all participating IPD partner companies in our brochure.

For further questions in advance please contact us:

Nora Eichkorn

Shakhnoza Kurbanalieva

www.wtm.com

Trade fair in Cologne // 9.11. - 10.11.2021
 
Trade fair in Cologne // 9.11. - 10.11.2021

Branchentag Holz

The Branchentag Holz is the main event for the wood industry – this is where the wood trade, wood industry, suppliers and service providers come together, presenting their innovations and products.

At the IPD booth, importers will be able to discover innovative product solutions from reliable timber suppliers in the IPD partner countries Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, and Indonesia.

The product portfolio is wide, ranging from bamboo and teak products from Colombia and Ecuador to moulded plywood, windows and panels from reclaimed timber from Ukraine, to innovative wood products made of fast-growing, lightweight timber (block-board and plywood from jabon and albasia) from Indonesia.

We connect you to reliable suppliers.
Visit us in hall 8 stand B 068!

For more information on IPD exporters of sustainable wood product please have a look at our brochure.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for arranging an appointment or for any other further questions via:

Frank Maul

www.GDHolz.de

Messe in Frankfurt // 30.11. - 02.12.2021
 
Messe in Frankfurt // 30.11. - 02.12.2021

Food Ingredients Europe 2021

Benefit from FiE to make new business contacts.
Meet reliable suppliers.
Find out about innovative ingredients. 

At Europe's most important trade fair for natural ingredients, IPD will once again present specialities from selected countries, including  Egypt, Côte d`Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia or Ukraine.

IPD exporters will bring a wide range of innovative food ingredients to the trade fair, such as natural extracts and sweeteners, vegetable and fruit powders, as well as oil seeds and high-quality oils.

All companies have been carefully screened by IPD. We consider criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity, and compliance with international standards and certifications. Even during the pandemic, we are in close contact with the companies to continue screening exporters.

We connect you with reliable suppliers.
Take advantage of the FiE fair for individual meetings.
Detailed information on the exporters and their products will be available from October.

For further informationen please contact:

Carolin Moraza

www.figlobal.com

Publications

 
Success Story

Fresh fruit & vegetables from the Ukraine

UKRAINIAN FRUIT GROWERS IMPRESS WITH GOOD QUALITY AND SHORT DELIVERY ROUTES


The Ukrainian company Gadz provides high-quality fruit for the European market. Although it has only been in the IPD programme since 2020, Gadz has already convinced the British importer Fresh4U of the quality of its products and its value as a reliable supplier. This business relationship demonstrates the advantages of the Ukraine as a production location: besides geographic proximity, short transport routes and favourable farming conditions, the country also offers a wide range of fresh fruit & vegetables in high quality. IPD supports both exporters and importers to ensure that the collaboration is a success story for both sides.

 
Success Story

Preparing for a new start in tourism

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) is supporting the Ministry of Tourism in Ecuador (MINTUR) as it prepares to
relaunch tourism in the country. In conjunction with the consulting firm Hotel Resilient, which specialises in risk and
crisis management, the health and hygiene concepts for the tourism sector have been adapted to internationally
valid standards and a concept for hygiene and safety training has been developed. In the first three months, more than
400 Ecuadorian tourism professionals have already been trained; an e-learning program has also been launched.

 
Success Story

Fresh fruit & vegetables from Egypt

IPD successfully prepares young enterprise for the EU market

Creatick Pro was launched in 2017 with a lot of enthusiasm and a high-quality product range. Although their range was tailored for the EU market, a marketing strategy and contact to European partners were lacking. Creatick joined the IPD programme in autumn 2019, and the Egyptian enterprise is now rapidly conquering the European market.

Success Story
 
Success Story

Dates from Tunisia

IPD supports Demeter producer in setting up lasting trade partnerships

Beni Ghreb is the first company in Tunisia to be certified for its organic and biodynamic dates. Initially, however, it proved impossible to obtain the price for Demeter-certified dates for the entire production. Beni Ghreb therefore
applied for admission to the IPD programme with the aim of increasing sales of its products, especially to the organic sector in Europe. Since 2018, IPD has successfully liaised new business partners for Beni Ghreb.

 

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